Broken Tooth Pain
A broken tooth giving no pain is just as important to be assessed as broken tooth pain!
Teeth are extremely strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. This can be caused by many factors. Here is a list of the most common ways that a tooth can break:
1. Biting down on something hard like a piece of rock or a bone in meat
2. Being hit in the face or mouth with an object or arm.
3. Falling over and exerting a high force on the tooth
4. Having cavities caused by decay that weaken the strength of the tooth
Some people do not realise that they have broken a tooth but normally your tongue will notice a sharp edge in the mouth that never used to be there.
Once the tooth has broken you might that find that it does not hurt. Does this mean that there is nothing wrong?
Small tooth breaks usually don’t cause pain, but if a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it can hurt. This is because the nerve that sits inside the tooth may be damaged. If it is exposed to air, or hot or cold foods or drinks, it can be extremely uncomfortable.
Pain from a broken or cracked tooth might be there all the time or it can come and go. Most people feel pain when they chew because they are putting pressure on the tooth.
We recommend that no matter how small the broken tooth piece is you should always see a dentist for an examination to get the tooth assessed and advice on whether dental treatment is recommended. Otherwise the break may get bigger and potentially the tooth may not be able to be fixed at a later stage.